Search for materials in Library Search
When you have a book, journal or report that you need, note the collection name and classmark, e.g. Main Collection HB103 D45
Use the Library floor plans to identify the correct floor - available to pick up in the Library and on the signage outside each lift
For Main Collection books and periodicals, there is a simple rule:
A – HA Third floor
HB – JV Second floor
JX – Z First floor
Course Collection books are all on the ground floor - LSE staff and students only in term time.
Special collections such as Lakatos & Schapiro Collections, IGO or Government publications are marked on the relevant Library floor plan.
The majority of the Library's collections are available on open access.
There are certain collections which due to their unique nature, size or rarity are located in on-site closed access storage, e.g. LSE PhD theses, Pamphlet collection.
Items can be identified through Library Search and include:
Microform and microfilm
Pamphlets (e.g. COLL.P, CHAT)
Reserve books -old editions
Theses collection (LSE higher degree)
UN documents and US Federal Government documents - these are not included on Library Search - ask for advice on specialist fining tools.
Please complete a fetch request from at the Library Service Counter on the ground floor. Fetches are made at 11:00; 13:00 and 15:00.
See more on accessing Library materials